Flags at Half-Mast

News Release
May 31, 2021, 11:00 a.m.

Flags at Half-Mast in memory of Kamloops Residential School Victims

Mayor Mitch Twolan pledged to fly the Township of Huron-Kinloss flags at half mast for
nine days — 215 hours to represent each life of the 215 children found in a mass grave
at the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.“Today the Township will lower our flags to pay respect to the children, their families and survivors of the residential school system” said Twolan.

The Township joins other Canadian communities in honouring the 215 children whose
lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school and all Indigenous children
who never made it home, the survivors, and their families.

It is estimated that at least 150,000 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children attended
residential schools up until the late 1990s. During the years of residential schools,
children were forcibly removed from their homes and were often subjected to
horrendous conditions and the deliberate suppression of Indigenous cultures and
languages. Thousands of children died while attending residential schools.

A National Indigenous Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support
for former students and those impacted. Emotional and crisis referral services can be
accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866 925- 4419.


For more information:
Contact Emily Dance, Clerk
Township of Huron-Kinloss